Report predicts September return for Start menu

When Microsoft announced the return of the Start menu earlier this month, the company was pretty coy about its schedule. All we were told is that the Start menu would return as part of a future update to Windows 8.1—eventually.

We're still awaiting official details, but as WinBeta reports, rumor site has landed the unofficial scoop on the Start menu's resurrection. (Or so WinBeta says; appears to be down right now.)

Apparently, the Start menu will be part of a major update to Windows 8.1 due in September. This update may be called Windows 8.1 Update 2, or it may be dubbed Windows 8.2. The exact nomenclature is said to be the subject of some debate within Microsoft. Anyhow, users can look forward to the same revamped menu Microsoft showed at the Build conference on April 2. That menu will combine the familiar, old-school design with a pane of Modern UI tiles.

According to WinBeta, the inaccessible story also foretells of a "next generation Metro interface," which will premiere in Windows 9, and of a "prototype operating system called Windows Cloud." There aren't many details about either of those—but if the rumors are right, then the Windows team is keeping busy indeed. (Thanks to Neowin for the link.)

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